COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund Grantees

These general operating grants, each in the amount of $10,000, will allow organizations to use funds as needed to continue to operate in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantees are:

  • Choir School of Delaware
  • Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation
  • Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education
  • EDGE for Tomorrow
  • Embrace Delaware
  • Future Promises Foundation
  • Harrington Senior Center
  • Hope Medical Dental Clinic
  • House of Hope
  • I Am Leadership & Technical Academy
  • Imperial Dynasty Arts Program
  • Inner City Cultural League
  • Junior League of Wilmington
  • Kent County Theater Guild
  • Mispillion Art League
  • Moms House Inc. of Dover
  • Multiplying Good
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Nehemiah Gateway CDC/Tennis Rocks Tutoring and Music Association
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Colonial Chapter
  • Preston’s March for Energy
  • Project New Start, Inc.
  • Southern Delaware Therapeutic and Recreational Horseback Riding
  • Spur Impact Association
  • Strive: How You Lead Matters
  • Supporting Kidds
  • TeenSHARP
  • Waggies by Maggie & Friends
  • Wilmington Senior Center
  • Women and Children Transformation Ministry

These general operating grants, each in the amount of $10,000, will allow organizations to use funds as needed to continue to operate in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Grantees are:

  • Be Ready Community Development Corporation
  • Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc.
  • Central Baptist CDC
  • Clothing Our Kids
  • Code Purple
  • Contact Lifeline, Inc.
  • Delaware Children’s Theatre
  • Delaware Zoological Society
  • Delmarva Clergy United In Social Action Foundation
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware
  • ITN Southern Delaware, Inc
  • Leading Youth Through Empowerment
  • Literacy Delaware
  • Milton Community Food Pantry
  • Nanticoke Indian Association Inc.
  • Paws for People
  • Read Aloud Delaware
  • Rehoboth Beach Historical Society
  • Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services, Inc
  • The Precision Institute
  • Wilmington Children’s Chorus

  • Connecting Generations – $10,000 for staff to train volunteers on virtual mentoring.
  • Delaware Zoological Society – $8,000 to purchase video equipment to create a virtual traveling zoo experience.
  • Jewish Family Services – $25,000 to support specialized care for individuals with dementia.
  • Leading Youth Through Empowerment (LYTE) – $15,000 for teachers and curriculum for the fall virtual program.
  • NCALL – $25,000 for a foreclosure prevention program.
  • Ingleside – $25,000 for delivery of meals for frail and low-income seniors.
  • Delaware Theatre Company – $1,750 for technology to provide outdoor theater.
  • Ronald McDonald House – $10,000 for temporary staff to provide guest services normally provided by volunteers. .
  • Harry K Foundation – $13,000 to restock and re-open food pantries statewide that provide for meals for students.
  • Newark Symphony Orchestra – $7,500 for technology to provide virtual symphony programming.
  • The Precision Institute – $2,500 for driving simulation equipment for neurodiverse people.
  • Sewell C. Biggs Trust (Biggs Museum of American Art) – $7,250 for technology, supplies and materials to provide a virtual arts programming.
  • Children & Families First – $25,000 to provide cell phones, tablets and signal boosters for clients receiving virtual services.

  • Christina Cultural Arts Center – $18,000 for laptops, projectors and other technology to pivot instruction to a virtual platform.
  • Delaware HIV Services Inc. – $20,000 for in-home HIV test kits and other resources to enable and expand services in the COVID-19 environment.
  • Friendship House, Inc. – $25,000 to provide food and case management to homeless people.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County – $15,000 to help build 12 homes on Wilmington’s East Side.
  • Harrington Senior Center – $10,000 for facility safety upgrades to improve efficiency, expand capacity, and offer normal programming.
  • Mispillion Art League, Inc. – $6,000 for computers to continue to provide community-wide access to a quality visual arts program.
  • OperaDelaware – $8,500 to create a “streamable stage” to allow for virtual programming when outdoor performances are no longer viable.
  • Public Allies Delaware – $20,000 for materials to support remote work and to provide mental health supports for Allies.
  • Read Aloud Delaware – $20,000 for technology and other costs to facilitate remote work to accelerate language development in children birth to age 3.
  • Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association – $6,000 for take-away supply bags for online enrichment courses, life skills, and STEAM activities for school-year programs.
  • Sojourners’ Place, Inc. – $6,000 for laptops and travel support to provide case management and training for homeless men and women.
  • TeenSHARP – $40,000 for math and English instructors to provide virtual academic support during the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Delaware Children’s Museum — $20,000 for safety materials for visitors, social distancing signage, sneeze guards and other equipment to ensure a safe reopening.
  • Kent-Sussex Industries — $25,000 for equipment and renovation of program space.
  • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity — $27,440 for technology for various purposes, including a website redesign to integrate online ReStore sales.
  • West End Neighborhood House — $20,086 for an outdoor classroom, disposable masks and a temperature screening system.
  • YMCA Delaware — $50,000 to improve indoor safety and air quality through ventilation and filtration.
  • Code Purple of Kent County — $25,000 for a food truck to deliver food to the homeless in Kent and Sussex County.
  • Delaware Zoological Society — $6,600 for online ticketing software.
  • Developing Artists Collaboration (Dewey Artists) — $3,400 for electronics for the Creative Career Service Program.
  • Kalmar Nyckel — $5,400 for a virtual field trip program.
  • Serviam Girls Academy — $20,000 to prepare for a safe reopening, including health and safety training for teachers and administration.
  • Historic Lewes Farmers Market — $7,500 for signage and equipment to reopen safely.

  • St. Michael’s School & Nursery — $28,000 for cleaning supplies and PPE to safely reopen the Wilmington preschool.
  • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in New Castle County.
  • YMCA – $25,000 to run the Take on Summer teen program at four YMCA branches in Wilmington.
  • Network Delaware – $25,000 for emergency assistance to immigrant families in Sussex County.
  • Kent-Sussex Industries – $25,000 to modify and restart programs supporting the developmentally disabled.
  • Vision to Learn – $20,000 for eyeglasses for low-income children in New Castle County.
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church Outreach – $20,000 for food for families in Claymont.
  • Delaware First Media – $16,000 for infrastructure and technology to support increased news coverage of COVID-19.
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services – $15,442 for technology to provide legal services to clients statewide.
  • Partners for Justice – $15,000 to support social services and legal services to low-income people in New Castle County.
  • Life Center Complex – $15,000 for technology and staff to provide behavioral telehealth services in New Castle County.
  • The Grand Opera House – $15,000 for a touchless ticketing system to facilitate safe cultural arts activities.
  • Reading Assist Institute – $15,000 to support AmeriCorps members providing one-on-one reading intervention for low-income children in New Castle County.
  • Better Tomorrows – $13,000 for food for families in Wilmington.
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra – $12,500 for video editing equipment to facilitate virtual programming.
  • Exceptional Care for Children – $10,388 for cleaning and respiratory therapy supplies for medically fragile children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware – $10,000 to support e-mentoring statewide.
  • CAMP Rehoboth – $10,000 for communication technology and programming for LGBTQ seniors.
  • Mental Health Association – $6,221 for technology to provide virtual mental health services to clients statewide.
  • Arden Club – $4,000 for equipment to video livestream arts and cultural events.
  • Coastal Concerts – $3,150 to operate the Lewes-based classical music organization.
  • Serenity Place – $3,000 for a freezer for the substance abuse treatment residence in Dover.
  • Delaware Historical Society – $2,000 for technology to facilitate remote work.
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior – $1,500 for the Rehoboth Beach church to transition its ESL program to a virtual program.

  • St. Michael’s School & Nursery — $28,000 for cleaning supplies and PPE to safely reopen the Wilmington preschool.
  • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in New Castle County.
  • YMCA – $25,000 to run the Take on Summer teen program at four YMCA branches in Wilmington.
  • Network Delaware – $25,000 for emergency assistance to immigrant families in Sussex County.
  • Kent-Sussex Industries – $25,000 to modify and restart programs supporting the developmentally disabled.
  • Vision to Learn – $20,000 for eyeglasses for low-income children in New Castle County.
  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church Outreach – $20,000 for food for families in Claymont.
  • Delaware First Media – $16,000 for infrastructure and technology to support increased news coverage of COVID-19.
  • Delaware Volunteer Legal Services – $15,442 for technology to provide legal services to clients statewide.
  • Partners for Justice – $15,000 to support social services and legal services to low-income people in New Castle County.
  • Life Center Complex – $15,000 for technology and staff to provide behavioral telehealth services in New Castle County.
  • The Grand Opera House – $15,000 for a touchless ticketing system to facilitate safe cultural arts activities.
  • Reading Assist Institute – $15,000 to support AmeriCorps members providing one-on-one reading intervention for low-income children in New Castle County.
  • Better Tomorrows – $13,000 for food for families in Wilmington.
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra – $12,500 for video editing equipment to facilitate virtual programming.
  • Exceptional Care for Children – $10,388 for cleaning and respiratory therapy supplies for medically fragile children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware – $10,000 to support e-mentoring statewide.
  • CAMP Rehoboth – $10,000 for communication technology and programming for LGBTQ seniors.
  • Mental Health Association – $6,221 for technology to provide virtual mental health services to clients statewide.
  • Arden Club – $4,000 for equipment to video livestream arts and cultural events.
  • Coastal Concerts – $3,150 to operate the Lewes-based classical music organization.
  • Serenity Place – $3,000 for a freezer for the substance abuse treatment residence in Dover.
  • Delaware Historical Society – $2,000 for technology to facilitate remote work.
  • Lutheran Church of Our Savior – $1,500 for the Rehoboth Beach church to transition its ESL program to a virtual program.

  • Bellevue Community Center – $10,000 to provide fresh produce to underserved families in Wilmington.
  • Chinese American Community Center – $8,000 to support virtual programming and operations of the facility in Hockessin.
  • Clear Space Theatre Company  –  $10,000 to support operations.
  • Delaware Center for Horticulture –  $10,000 to mobilize home gardeners to grow and donate produce statewide.
  • Delaware Zoological Society  – $10,000 to support zoo operations and virtual programming.
  • Joshua M. Freeman Foundation – $10,000 to convert the Freeman Stage’s free, weekly Young Audience Series to a virtual program.
  • Laurel Public Library –  $3,900 for a UV sanitation machine for books and materials.
  • Lewes Public Library  –  $10,000 for equipment to support virtual programming.
  • Merakey Allos –  $6,500 for equipment to provide services for individuals with intellectual disabilities at Delaware group homes.
  • Paws for People – $4,000 to support virtual pet therapy and reading programs statewide.
  • Siegel JCC – $16,360 for equipment to facilitate safely reopening the facility in Wilmington.
  • Wilmington & Western Railroad – $5,000 for equipment to facilitate safely reopening the historical railroad.

  • Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children– $22,000 for virtual training to protect Delaware children and keep them safe from abuse.
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA  – $10,000 to provide veterinary care for pets of families in need in Kent County.
  • Choir School of Delaware – $20,000 for summer camp programming in Wilmington.
  • Code Purple Kent County  – $12,000 to provide shelter and food for homeless people in Kent County.
  • Delaware Art Museum  –  $10,775 to provide educational art kits for children in Wilmington.
  • Delaware College Scholars  –  $18,000 for technology to support high-achieving public-school students from low-income families statewide.
  • Downtown Visions  – $10,000 to provide safety services and trash removal in downtown Wilmington.
  • Easterseals Delaware & Marylands Eastern Shore, Inc –  $30,000 for thermal scanners for Delaware locations statewide.
  • EDGE for Tomorrow – $9,000 for technology to provide underserved children in Edgemoor with tutoring and mentoring.
  • Fellowship Health Resources Inc.  –  $6,500 for technology to provide telehealth services for individuals in recovery in Sussex County.
  • Georgetown Public Library  –  $16,000 for sanitizing equipment and sneeze guards.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County  – $10,000 for technology to provide remote services and facilitate social distancing to reopen the ReStore.
  • Harrington Senior Center  –  $2,500 to help them safely deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
  • Latin American Community Center  –  $25,000 for emergency assistance for families in Greater Wilmington.
  • Laurel Community Foundation, Inc. –  $4,000 to provide emergency housing for homeless families in western Sussex County.
  • Literacy Delaware  –  $15,567 for technology to provide virtual literacy instruction to adults statewide.
  • Ministry of Caring Inc. – $11,000 to make capital improvements to allow for safely relaunching dental services in Wilmington.
  • One Village Alliance, Inc. – $15,000 to provide virtual tutoring, mentoring and support to underserved children in greater Wilmington.
  • Wilmington Childrens Chorus  – $13,250 to provide virtual summer programming in Wilmington.
  • Absolutely Flawless Women $5,000 to provide meals for families in Indian River School District.

  • Community Education Building –  $2,800 to provide food to Wilmington families in need.
  • Delaware Shakespeare Festival  – $7,500 to provide virtual programming.
  • Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education –  $10,000 for art kits for underserved children in Wilmington.
  • Delaware Museum of Natural History  –  $10,000 to provide virtual programming.
  • Frederica Senior Center   –  $12,000 to deliver food to seniors in Kent County.
  • Progressive Life Center  – $15,000 for technology to facilitate communication between staff and foster children statewide.
  • Blood Bank of Delmarva   –  $20,000 for lab supplies and pre-clinical testing of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Family Counseling Center of St. Pauls  –  $21,000 for case management and mental health services statewide.
  • Delaware Childrens Museum  –   $25,000 for virtual programming, delivering activities and snacks to children in Wilmington, and operations
  • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project –  $25,000 to pump septic tanks for low-income families in Sussex County.
  • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR)  –  $30,325 to support mental health services for victims of sexual trauma statewide.

  • Central Baptist Community Development Corporation – $9,000 to deliver fresh produce to vulnerable families in New Castle County.
  • Delaware Contemporary – $10,000 to support virtual programming for at-risk children in New Castle County.
  • Delaware Theatre Company – $10,000 to support staff working remotely with clients and educational programming participants.
  • Down Syndrome Association of Delaware – $3,700 to fund virtual programming statewide.
  • Elizabeth W. Murphey School – $15,600 to support pandemic-related precautions in housing foster children in Kent County.
  • Faithful Friends Animal Society – $28,000 to fund Community Pet Food Banks in partnership with Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA for families in need statewide.
  • Harrington Senior Center – $4,800 for a commercial refrigerator and freezer to facilitate meal delivery to homebound seniors.
  • Harry K Foundation – $15,000 to provide take-away meals for families at sites in Kent and Sussex County.
  • Home of the Brave Foundation – $10,000 to provide housing for veterans in Milford.
  • La Red Health Center – $42,000 to provide prenatal care for women in Sussex County.
  • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide families in New Castle County with emergency assistance.
  • Mary Campbell Center – $10,000 for personal protective equipment for staff at the Wilmington home for adults with disabilities.
  • Milford Housing Development Corporation – $10,500 for technology and supplies needed for staff to serve clients remotely in Greater Milford.
  • Music School of Delaware – $10,000 for technology needed to provide distance learning to students throughout Delaware.
  • NCALL – $29,000 for technology and training to enable staff to serve clients remotely in Kent County.
  • Neighborhood House – $16,000 for case management, food and other direct support for families in Wilmington.
  • Square One Delaware – $17,000 to provide housing for individuals recovering from addiction in Seaford.
  • Wilmington Senior Center – $10,000 to deliver food to seniors in Wilmington.

  • Arise Delaware  -$4,300 to purchase sensory equipment to lend to families with special needs children in Kent County.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware  -$30,000 to provide food to families in Wilmington.
  • Catholic Charities  – Diocese of Wilmington  -$12,500 to provide case management for families in need statewide.
  • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity  -$35,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Kent County.
  • Christina Cultural Arts Center  -$15,000 to provide distance learning support for underserved families in Wilmington.
  • Communities in Schools Delaware  -$12,500 to provide technology for staff supporting underserved students statewide.
  • Community Education Building  -$5,000 to provide laundry services for low-income families in Wilmington.
  • Delmarva Community Services  -$5,700 for technology to serve residents of group homes for developmentally delayed individuals in Sussex County.
  • Family Promise of Northern New Castle County -$25,000 for housing for homeless families.
  • Ingleside Homes  -$30,000 to pay for staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
  • Rehoboth Art League  -$15,000 to help pay for staff and maintenance of facilities.
  • Survivors of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR)  -$3,000 for technology to support telehealth.
  • Sussex County Habitat for Humanity   $40-$40,000 to complete construction of houses and provide mortgage relief for families in Sussex County.

  • A Wave of Healthy Meals -$2,000 to provide meals for medically fragile individuals in Sussex County.
  • Choir School of Delaware -$17,500 to provide virtual after school tutoring to students in Wilmington.
  • Children & Families First -$20,000 for technology to continue providing telehealth and state mandated monitoring.
  • ContactLifeline -$7,000 to increase staffing meet increasing demand for the statewide crisis intervention hotline.
  • Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition – $15,000 to support social platforms and communications tools to provide survivors with mental health services.
  • Delaware Center for Justice -$25,000 to serve individuals statewide re-entering the community after incarceration.
  • Delmarva Adult & Teen Challenge Home of Hope -$25,000 to provide housing and services for individuals recovering from addiction in Sussex County.
  • Frederica Senior Center -$10,500 to purchase food and personal hygiene items for seniors and veterans in Kent and Sussex County.
  • Friendship House – $30,000 to provide housing for homeless individuals in New Castle County.
  • Latin American Community Center – $25,000 to provide emergency support for low-income immigrant families in Wilmington.
  • St. Patrick’s Center -$20,000 to set up outdoor distribution of food and hygiene kits for vulnerable populations in Wilmington.
  • What is Your Voice – $8,000 for technology to serve victims of violence in Sussex County.
  • YMCA of Delaware – $50,000 for food for the community statewide and the residents of the Central Y.

  • Catholic Charities  Diocese of Wilmington-$25,000 to provide case management for families affected by COVID-19 statewide.
  • Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.-$10,000 for secure technology to continue serving clients statewide while working remotely.
  • Delaware First Media/Delaware Public Media-$12,500 to address increased demand for statewide news coverage of the pandemic.
  • Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County-$50,000 to complete two homes currently under construction and provide additional case management.
  • House of Pride-$9,000 to operate low-income housing in Dover.
  • Love INC of Mid-Delmarva-$50,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Western Sussex County.
  • Modern Maturity Center-$50,000 to deliver meals and grocery shop for seniors in Kent County who can no longer participate in congregate meals because of COVID-19.
  • Rosa Health Center, Inc.-$3,000 for technology and personal protective equipment to provide medical care for people in Sussex County.
  • Stop the Violence Prayer Chain-$2,500 to help volunteers provide children in Wilmington with food and supplies.
  • Sussex Community Housing Services, Inc.-$15,000 to provide shelter for the homeless in Sussex County.
  • Warriors Helping Warriors-$10,000 to provide case management to veterans in greater Middletown.
  • West End Neighborhood House, Inc.-$50,000 to provide food and housing assistance to families in Wilmington.

  • First State Community Action Agency-$40,000 to provide for basic needs of low-income families statewide.
  • Colonial Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America-$5,000 to provide supplies for veterans with spinal cord injuries statewide.
  • Green Beret Project-$10,000 to support at-risk youth and their families in Kent County.
  • Ingleside Homes-$49,000 to pay for personal protective equipment, as well as staff and supplies for additional cleaning and individual meal delivery to residents.
  • Jewish Family Services-$30,000 to provide remote counseling and support services statewide.
  • La Esperanza-$18,000 for technology upgrades to better provide emergency services to the Latino community in Sussex County.
  • Little Sisters of the Poor-$40,000 to fund personal protective equipment, cleaning and additional staff to control the virus and care for residents of the Newark facility.
  • Milton Community Food Pantry-$1,000 to provide emergency food to families in Milton and surrounding communities.
  • Nanticoke Senior Center-$32,000 to purchase, package and deliver food to seniors in the Seaford area.
  • Project New Start-$25,000 to provide remote case management to individual reentering the community after incarceration statewide.
  • Planned Parenthood of Delaware-$40,000 to fund personal protective equipment and staffing to provide reproductive health services statewide.
  • TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services-$25,000 to provide remote counseling to individuals in recovery in greater Wilmington.
  • YWCA-$35,000 to provide isolation for infected families at its Home-Life Management Center in Wilmington and provide remote counseling for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

  • Modern Maturity-$50,000 to deliver additional meals to seniors at their homes.
  • Brandywine Counseling-$25,000 to meet increased demand for recovery services.
  • Family Counseling of St. Paul-$22,000 to meet increased demand for family counseling services.
  • Westside Family Healthcare-$50,000 for telehealth equipment to provide care for prenatal and chronically ill patients.
  • YMCA-$50,000 for childcare for essential workers statewide.
  • Easterseals of Delaware & Marylands Eastern Shore-$29,000 for telehealth equipment to provide child intervention services.
  • CHILD, Inc-$36,000 to provide housing for battered women and their children, meeting increased demand because of social distancing requirements.
  • CHEER-$38,000 delivering additional meals to seniors at their homes.
  • Housing vouchers for the homeless – $50,000
    • Friendship House for New Castle County – $30,000
    • Community Resource Center for Sussex County – $10,000
    • Catholic Charities for Kent County – $10,000

Delaware HIV Services Inc. – $20,000 for in-home HIV test kits and other resources to enable and expand services in the COVID-19 environment.

Rodney Street Tennis – $6,000 for take-away supply bags for online enrichment courses, life skills, and STEAM activities for school-year programs.

Christiana Cultural Arts Center – $18,000 for laptops, projectors and other technology to pivot instruction to a virtual platform.

Developing Artists – $3,400 to fund electronics needed for the Creative Career Support Program.

Sojourners’ Place, Inc – $6,000 for laptops and travel support to provide case management and training for homeless men and women.

Harrington Senior Center – $10,000 to make facility updates in order to provide safe opportunities for seniors to enjoy companionship, such as their Thanksgiving Feast

The Precision Institute – $2,500 for driving simulation equipment for neurodiverse people.

Historic Lewes Farmers Market – $7,500 for signage and equipment to reopen safely.

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